From Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis
Frank Nobel 88, of Memphis, died July 6, 2016, at St. Peter Home.
Frank was born on May 30, 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee. A few days later he was abandoned in a basket on the doorstep of St. Peter’s Orphanage in Memphis, Tennessee. The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth took him in and raised him and educated him until he graduated from Memphis Catholic High School and enlisted in the US Navy. He proudly served his country for 20 years including service during the Korean War.
After military service he was employed at Shelby County Juvenile Court for 20 years when he retired. Although he had no known brothers or sisters, the orphanage boys and girls who grew up with him developed a bond as strong as in any blood family and they remained fiercely loyal to each other throughout their lives.
Frank was a member of Boy Scout Troop 63 at the orphanage and became an Eagle Scout. He later served as scoutmaster of the troop and produced a record number of Eagle Scouts. Although he never married or had children, to every boy in the troop he was a father who received love and respect that would make most real fathers envious.
All his “sons” remember his giving up all his Navy weekend and leave time to take them on hikes, camping trips or just a walk through the Overton Park woods for tree or bird identification. It didn’t matter, anything to spend time with “Mr. Nobel”. Frank loved his God and his country. A strong practicing Catholic all his life, he not only attended church services but also worked at the church, especially Blessed Sacrament Church and School where he spent as much time as he did at home. Frank constantly reminded others that but for the grace of God and the service of the military; Americans would not enjoy the freedoms that we do.
Frank was legendary for his generosity. Although personally frugal, he was always ready to help a person or family in need or to donate substantially to a worthy cause. However, it was his generosity with his time that most remember him for, especially his Boy Scout “sons”. His strong work ethic for the common good will be remembered by all.
Frank passed away at St. Peter’s Home in Memphis, the very same place he was raised as an orphan, which is now a nursing care facility. He remained close with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth throughout his life. He was laid to rest in a closed coffin, draped with an American flag. Four Knights of Columbus stood as an honor guard. They were dressed in all the fourth-degree Knight regalia. The following day he was honored with a military funeral.